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1958 Imperial Crown for sale 101460153
1958 Imperial Crown
St. Louis Car Museum and Sales
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1958 Imperial Crown

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One of just 31 Imperial Crown Limousines by coach builder Ghia for 1958! Cosmetically restored in 2020 to include new paint, interior, chrome, tires, exhaust, and more! A luxurious addition to any collection, and an opportunity that does not come along very often! Showing only 73,600 original miles! Act quickly! During the 1930s and 1940s it would have been relatively easy to find a large 7 & 8-passenger sedans available on any automobile showroom, albeit extremely expensive. After World War II though, only a few manufactures retained multi-passenger luxury vehicles in their annual model offerings. Most companies found the need for such a vehicle dwindling, and by 1954, only Chrysler and DeSoto offered an 8-passenger model. It was Chryslers flagship Imperial that led the field in this category with the exclusive and very expensive Imperial Crown. Powered by a hemi engine on a chassis measuring 145.5"", it would feature front disc brakes, power steering, Powerflite automatic transmission, and 12-volt electrical systems to reign superior over all others. Virgil Exners ""Forward Look"" design was adopted in 1955, bringing the long hood, short deck features to the forefront across all Chrysler models. The aerodynamic shape brought in by the excitement aerospace and aviation technology also brought the tail fins that make 1950s cars so appealing today! Unfortunately for Chrysler, it was losing sales in the large 8-passenger category. Production costs were sky high, and it debated continuing a long wheelbase vehicle altogether after 1956. Retooling and development costs were going to be too extreme, so Exner turned to longtime friend Luigi Segre, president of Carrozzeria Ghia based in Turin, Italy, for assistance in cost control and remain in the long wheelbase limousine category. Italian craftsmen were incredibly skilled, and overseas wages were lower which helped control the production costs and keep the ultimate result affordable to American buyers. Chrysler would send a 129"" wheelbase Imperial Hardtop with a reinforced X-frame to Italy without any interior. Inside each vehicle, Chrysler carefully provided 4 sedan doors, seat mounts, all window glass, a fully wired dashboard, double air conditioning units, upholstery material & carpet, lengthened driveshaft, stiffer torsion bars, Suburban rear leaf springs, and other appointments to finalize each vehicle. Under the project supervision of Paul Farago, an Italo-American Chrysler Engineer, these limited production Imperial Crown Limousines began production for the 1957 model year. Each one would be hand crafted without body stamping dies or an assembly line. Ghia personnel meticulously stretched each vehicle chassis 20.5"" for a total wheelbase of 149.5"", and structurally created a longer roof & floors, then fit new taller oversized doors that cut further into the roofline. The attention to detail on each vehicle was incredible! Panel f

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